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The SmartGrid is ushering in an era of new IP endpoints that already reside on the power grid today, but lack network connectivity. Many of these endpoints - refrigerators, air conditioners, and power strips - will be networked wirelessly. However, since they already exist on the power grid, a natural question is whether they might be networked over the same wires that supply their power. Such an approach would allow SmartGrid sensors to vacate increasingly congested spectrum and allow information to flow along the same path as power, perhaps simplifying deployment in the short term and deep demand response in the long term.
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